I've never had a customer complain about his mounted fish being shorter than when he brought it in, but this might be my first one. The fellow brought in a "fresh" walleye. Since it wasn't frozen, I took the measurements while he watched. Of course, the mouth was closed and I pinched the points of the tail together to get the full length....eh? It was 26 1/2" long. Now it's mounted and dry. With the mouth open, body curved with the tail down, and the tail fanned out, the fish is about 25 1/2" long. :-\ This guy is expecting a 26 1/2" mount. Maybe some of you have already encountered and dealt with a situation like this? I'm just looking for a way to be prepared for the worst. Thanks!